In the wake of a familiar pathetic offensive performance in a 23-13 loss to Arizona, Tyler Lockett and Russell Wilson’s words illustrated exactly why the Seahawks are struggling.
Lockett spoke the truth: The Seahawks rely on big plays and are not good when those fail because they are bad at making in-game adjustments.
Lockett also told FOX 13 Seattle that defenses are playing the Seahawks differently than they play everyone else, based on the film the Hawks watch in preparing for each game. “They’re not giving us the same looks that they’re consistently giving every other team.” Lockett said the Hawks then do not adapt quickly enough.
Wilson, on the contrary, said he didn’t see the Cardinals do anything different, that it was all stuff he had seen before and adjustments were not the problem. “We just didn’t play clean,” he said.
The difference in viewpoints explains a lot about why the Seahawks are failing on offense.
Clearly Lockett and Wilson are seeing something entirely different. We’ll go with Lockett, because we know Wilson’s field vision has never been great — he misses a ton of reads because he is so short and simply cannot see the entire field. He probably is just not seeing what Lockett is seeing.
It’s also true that defenses know Wilson well by now. They know his preferred style and take away his favorite throws. That’s where the adjustments come in.
You could blame this all on rookie OC Shane Waldron, but Brian Schottenheimer rarely made in-game tweaks either (which is why he eventually got fired). Some of that might boil down to these OCs understanding Wilson’s preferences and limitations and staying with what he is comfortable with and avoiding things they know he cannot do – which plays right into the hands of the defenses.
But there are things Waldron and Wilson can do to fix it. They have used the tight ends more the past two games, and that has largely been a positive – Gerald Everett has been great when used. But they need to stick with the run more — Waldron went away from it yet again even though the Hawks averaged 4.5 yards per carry – and use more misdirection.
The Seahawks clearly have some limited offensive minds – and the rest of the league has been taking advantage of it for over a year.
The more Wilson and Co. struggle, the more the question of Wilson’s future in Seattle will come up. We recently said we think this should be the last chance for Wilson to show he can change and adapt. Of course, part of the problem seems to be he doesn’t think that is necessary – as his words after this game reinforced. So, the writing seems to be on the wall.
Some want Pete Carroll fired. Some want the whole thing blown up and a new era to begin (we would not be opposed to that). Neither of those things is likely.
As frustrated as he is, Carroll is not likely to retire – he and John Schneider just signed new contracts in the last year. And Jody Allen probably won’t fire either off just one really bad year.
But something definitely needs to change. If the change is not made on the field by Waldron and Wilson, then it needs to be off the field with a trade of the QB next year and perhaps a new OC again.
Some are saying Wilson’s value has sunk during this skid. Sure, but he can rebuild it over the last seven games. Either way, the Seahawks still could get a bevy of picks for him – as the Lions did from the Rams for Matthew Stafford.
Of course, we’re not overly confident Schneider would use those picks well (part of the reason we’re open to a new GM and coach). But, hey, we can’t solve all of the franchise’s problems at once.
For now, let’s see whether anyone listens to Lockett and tries to fix what is ailing this offense.